Everyday life seems more complicated, but that doesn’t mean one’s home should be. Ukraine’s Mono Architects distilled domesticity to its essence in a Kiev apartment, which Founder and Chief Architect Victoria Oskilkok describes as “calm, monochrome, and minimalistic, which is the signature of our bureau.”
Its 1,900 square feet is divided into two areas: a “day zone” with living and dining spaces in rich neutral tones and a kitchen outfitted with custom storage to keep everything out of sight but within reach. A “night zone” comprises two bedrooms and bathrooms, including a kid’s bedroom with a built-in mezzanine above a play space, all jazzed up in a charming blue-green that’s the brightest spot in the place.
The restrained palette incorporates clever solutions throughout, such as bathrooms that integrate stainless-steel accessories the team tailor-made for the residents. The team also had to contend with installation of all the latest smart-home gadgets. “Bringing it all up into a harmonized space was our biggest challenge,” Oskilkok says. But then, complexity is the new normal.